to a change of direction in 2003 Donabi Miniatures dramatically
reduced their numbers of breeding and showing miniature shetland stock and now
have just three top quality champion mares,
BIRCHWOOD SMALLPRINT, DONABI HOLLY and BIRCHWOOD SHAMROCK
and some rosettes from 2014||Trophies
and some rosettes from 2013|
show season was brilliant but 2014 got even better with my beautiful home bred
filly DONABI UNIQUE winning on each occasion she was shown. I am so proud
to own, and have bred, such a lovely, typey Miniature Shetland.. A few of her
successes this season are as follows:-
Spring Shetland Show - UNIQUE not only won her classes but went on to take
the Miniature Junior Championship and was also RESERVE SUPREME MINIATURE SHETLAND.
next show was Caz's Shetland Show at Bicton Arena - Once again UNIQUE won
her classes, was Miniature Junior Champion and OVERALL SUPREME SHETLAND.
Bicton once again in July, Unique again took the MINIATURE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.
Donabi Holly with her foal at foot, Donabi Viva, came along for
an outing and won the Open Veteran Shetland class.
the BMHS Shetland Championship Show in August Unique won her classes
and was MINIATURE JUNIOR CHAMPION and RESERVE CHAMPION in the Open Shetland
classes. Her half sister Donabi Venus won the Best Foal.
ended the season in September at Caz's Shetland Show, Bicton Arena, where
Unique had another brilliant day.
In the OVERALL POINTS ACCUMULATOR,
Unique won the trophy for the MOST SUCCESSFUL COLOURED SHETLAND. Amazingly she
also won the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS trophy.
OF THESE WERE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN SUCCESSION !!
Champion Mare, BIRCHWOOD SHAMROCK, with two of her beautiful daughters.
The Multi Champion Piebald filly DONABI UNIQUE and her 2014 palomino and
white foal at foot DONABI VENUS, Champion Foal on two occasions shown.
again I took the decision not to cover any of my mares, it was just so wonderful
to have 3 out of 3 foals born ALL FILLIES - that hasn't happened before
! Whilst it was a joy to have three beautiful, healthy fillies, all very correct
and all very different, it presented headaches as to who to part with. Realistically
I can't keep them all - much as my daughters want me to, so at the moment Smallprint's
tiny chestnut daughter Vienna has been sold and I am running on Holly's
piebald filly Donabi Viva, and Shamrock's palomino and white filly, Donabi
is not only a good, strong, Miniature Shetland, but has an amazing easygoing,
placid temperament and loves all the attention from my girls, and was the perfect
choice to visit my daughters' primary school when she was only a few weeks old,
taking it all in her stride.
Shamrock's daughter and half sister to Unique, is stunning and I would
hope a show prospect for next year, but she can be a bit of a 'diva' and thinks
she's a superstar already !
has been a really enjoyable year, firstly with the anticipation of the foals arriving,
then having three very different, but gorgeous fillies born safely. Still helping
mum with her Miniature Horses - and we had great success with them this year,
qualifying three of them for Horse of the Year Show - so not able to do
too many shows with my Shetlands but the ones I did go to were enjoyable and successful.
been weaned several weeks now the foals are all little individuals in their own
right, developing their own personalities, and taking their place along with their
mothers. All are looking very woolly now in their winter coats, but it is a nice
relaxing time, to enjoy them before the thought of another show season.
has been memorable, and particularly with my beautiful Donabi Unique confirming
once again what an outstanding Miniature Shetland she is. I am so very proud of
was Amazing, but 2014 WOW !!
excitement of our year
began in May with foals arriving. We were thrilled to discover that all three
mares covered by Birchwood Gold Top last year had got in foal and unbelievably
all three produced stunning fillies.
Shamrock was first to foal and had another lovely filly, Donabi Venus,
half sister to my multi champion piebald filly Donabi Unique. Venus
is a very typey palomino & white filly who I plan to run on. She has been
shown twice as a foal at foot and won best foal on both occasions.
to foal was Birchwood Smallprint who had the most petite rich chestnut
filly. Donabi Vienna too is absolutely gorgeous and a little character,
and has now gone to the most wonderful home in Essex, together with her 3 year
old half sister Donabi Unbelievable.
Donabi Holly produced a most unusually marked piebald filly with the most
wonderful outgoing personality. Donabi Viva has been shown as a foal at
foot and won best foal, and adores all the attention from my two young daughters.
I had planned to sell her at weaning and although I had found a lovely home for
her working with disabled children, for which she would have been so well suited,
my girls were so upset to lose her, they have persuaded me otherwise !
the amazing start to the 2013 show season, it just got better. Still helping
mum with her Miniature Horses but did manage to show my Shetlands some more, particularly
as BMHS included a section for Shetlands, which they plan to continue in the future.
I took Donabi Unique my piebald filly, who had another fantastic show culminating
in taking the Junior Miniature Championship, and her dam, Birchwood
Shamrock being Reserve Senior Champion. Dear Holly picked up
a couple of 2nds as well, shown by my 9 year old daughter Emilene.
ended the season at Bicton for Caz's Septermber Show where, in addition to her
class wins, Donabi Unique won the Overall Points Championship for the
most successful coloured Shetland pony, winning the Tonka Memorial trophy,
(which mum had won in 2000 with Bernsly Annabel, dam of Donabi Holly).
on to win the Points Accumulator CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS trophy by an amazing
25 POINTS !! WOW ! what a fantastic filly she is !
took Donabi Holly for Emilene to have a fun day with, and Holly WON the
Best Veteran trophy for her.
to look forward to in 2014, particularly if the mares present some beautiful babies.
am so proud to have bred such a beautiful, correct, typey filly, and if all goes
according to plan, will be eagerly awaiting a 2014 foal from her dam Birchwood
decided to cover my three mares, Birchwood Smallprint, Birchwood Shamrock and
Donabi Holly this year, after resting them for a couple of years, so only
took Donabi Unique and Donabi Unbelievable my 2 year old fillies
to the 2013 May Crealy Show (now Caz's Fun Shows).
Unbelievable was highly placed in competitive classes but my wonderful piebald
Donabi Unique didn't disappoint me, continuing as a 2 year old in her winning
vein from last season, ending up as Reserve Junior Miniature Champion.
Caz's (Formerly Crealy) July show Unique again excelled by winning all
three of her classes, and going one better than previously by taking the JUNIOR
MINIATURE CHAMPIONSHIP - and adding 2 more trophies to her tally from last
season, for the Coloured Champion and Junior Miniature Champion.
did manage to attend the last Crealy Show, once again held at Bicton
College, at the end of September, and ANOTHER 'WOW' DAY !
and her daughter Unique once again both excelled, winning their classes. BIRCHWOOD
SHAMROCK was CHAMPION MARE and RES. SNR. CHAMPION MINIATURE SHETLAND,
whilst her daughter DONABI UNIQUE was JUNIOR CHAMPION MINIATURE SHETLAND
and RES. SUPREME OVERALL CHAMPION.
most amazing results all under different judges.
may have only made it to three shows but have SIX TROPHIES
and an armful of rosettes from them - so very
of Shamrock, and especially our homebred DONABI UNIQUE - 2012 was FANTASTIC
lean year once again of shows to attend, only managed 2 but WOW exceptional results
At the end of July
Crealy Show held at the re-arranged venue of Bicton College, with its wonderful
facilities, we had a 'dream' day. Shamrock's yearling
daughter, Donabi Unique won the miniature yearling class, with my other yearling
Donabi Unbelievable 3rd, then Unique went on to be JUNIOR CHAMPION.
Shamrock won ALL her classes entered, was CHAMPION SENIOR MINIATURE SHETLAND,
and RESERVE SUPREME OVERALL - WHAT A DAY !!
the Honiton Show the last Thursday in August Donabi Unique won the Yearling
Miniature Shetland class, with Donabi Unbelievable 3rd. Unique then went 2nd in
the Open Coloured Youngstock class - standing next to a huge 3 yr old who towered
We are hoping
to fit in the last Crealy Show of the season, once again re-arranged to be held
at Bicton College, on 30th September, so looking forward to that.